Evaluation methods in idiopathic scoliosis

Authors: Adriana Zaharia1, Alina Iliescu2, Mihai Berteanu3


1 PhD Student, “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania

2  “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania

3 “Carol Davila”University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, “Elias” Emergency University Hospital Bucharest, Romania


Idiopathic scoliosis evaluation remains a challenge for both the clinician and the patient for the entire period of morpho­logical changes related to pubertal growth. Traditionally, idiopathic scoliosis evaluation and monitoring involves repeated exposure to X-rays, which can increase the risk of cancer in children. To reduce the consequences on human health, modern computer technology has developed non-invasive methods to monitor the evolution of scoliosis, such as raster-stereography, computerized photogrammetry and ultrasonography.

The aim of the study is to identify, on the one hand, the methods of diagnosis and evaluation of scoliosis and, on the other hand, to present the advantages and disadvantages of each method, so that the clinician can establish an accurate diagnosis and risk-free monitoring over time.

Key words: evaluation, raster-stereography, computerized photogrammetry, ultrasonography.